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Thomas Hospital Auxiliary awards health career scholarships to area students

Monday, July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018
Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services
(251) 279-5525 or
Thomas Hospital Auxiliary awards health career scholarships to area students

FAIRHOPE, AL -- The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to award $8,000 in health career scholarships to six Baldwin County residents. Each student will receive a scholarship valued at $2,000.
Sarah Cushman of Fairhope is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health management from the University of South Alabama, and Alexis Hamilton of Fairhope is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Troy University. Hope Tindle of Fairhope is pursuing a nurse practitioner’s degree in family medicine from Troy University, and Kela Wilson of Bay Minette is pursuing a bachelor in nursing from the University of South Alabama.
These students were chosen based on their academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and dedication to their goals. Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chair Rusty Downey and Co-Chair Bob Holmes interviewed and selected this year’s recipients. Since 1999, the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary has awarded 82 scholarships valued at more than $170,000.
Students who are residents of Baldwin County and have been accepted into a healthcare program at an accredited college or university may apply for the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship. Applications are available in February and due in May.

The scholarships are funded by several fundraisers including the Auxiliary’s holiday silent art auction and sale of used books, which are donated and sold in the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop in Fairhope and Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop in Daphne. Donations of used books in good condition are appreciated and accepted at both locations. An additional donation of $1,500 was received from the Morgan Stanley Foundation through Morgan Stanley employee and Thomas Hospital Auxilian RaeAnn Stabler.
Scholarship recipients (center, left to right) Kela Wilson, Sara Cushman, Alexis Hamilton and Hope Tindle are pictured with (far right) Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chairperson Rusty Downey, and (far left) Auxiliary President Linda Ricks and Auxiliary Vice President and Holiday Silent Art Auction Fundraiser Chairperson Maria Gywnn. The Auxiliary’s Health Career Scholarship Committee Co-Chairperson Bob Holmes is not pictured.

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary welcomes junior volunteers

Friday, June 8, 2018

May 30, 2018
Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services
(251) 279-5525 or

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary welcomes junior volunteers
FAIRHOPE, ALA – Thomas Hospital welcomes the 70 students from Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, American Academy, Baldwin Christian Home Educators Association, Bayshore Christian School, Bayside Academy, Bridge Christian Academy, Broadchurch Academy, Daphne High School, Fairhope High School, Gulf Shores High School, Heartwood Christian Academy, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Robertsdale High School, Spanish Fort High School, St. Michael Catholic High School, and St. Paul’s Episcopal School who are participating in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s Junior Volunteer program this summer.
They are volunteering in the Cath Lab, Clinical Education, Endoscopy, Fitness Center, Human Resources, Materials Management, Medical Unit, Physical Therapy, Pre-Admit, Post-Surgical Unit, Recovery/PACU, Speech Therapy, Surgery, and Women’s and Children’s Unit at Thomas Hospital, and the Rehab Services Department at Thomas Hospital in Daphne. They are also volunteeromg in several Auxiliary service areas, including the emergency department waiting area, gift shop, and information desk at Thomas Hospital, and the surgery waiting area and information desk at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne.
The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program is offered to high school students between the ages 14 to 17 who maintain at least a B average and have an interest in volunteering at the hospital during the summer. The program runs from June 4 to July 27. The goals of the program, are to give service to the hospital, increase community understanding and interest in the hospital, and further interest in health careers.
  “This is a great opportunity for our area students to get involved in health careers early in their lives,” Melita Willkie, manager of volunteer services at Thomas Hospital, said. “We look forward to offering them a wonderful place to volunteer and the opportunity to provide a valuable service to their community.”

Pictured are Thomas Hospital Junior Volunteers (in alphabetical order) Anna Adcock, Emily Adcock, Alyssa Adkins, Brynne Anderson, Hannah Beall, Gillian Benson, Katie Berry, Claire Blythe, Aven Brasher, Brianna Brown, Molly Brown, Mary Elizabeth Chambliss, Sarah Chambliss, Emily Charest, Kimberly Charest, Trinity Coleman, Preston Endom, Tillery French, Catherine Gamard, Emory Gardner, Michael Garriz, Caitlyn Godwin, Hunter Hardy, Taylor Harrison, Cameron Herzog, Lee Lazzari, Jillian McCarley, Emily McDonald, Maddy McPhillips, Emalyn Middleton, Kaleigh Miller, Connor Nowlin, Margaret O’Connor, Alexis Olan, Justice Palmer, Heli Parekh, Prachi Patel, Valeria Perez, Anna Claire Potier, Edward Puckett, Conner Robitaille, Lily Scott, Nathan Valentine,
Not pictured are Camille Baker, Mary Katherine Carrick, Margaux Duchesne, Gabrielle Eslava, Zoie Givens, Fariha Irfan, Hannah Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Ashley Kearney, Megan Kirby, Carlie Leonard, Elly Patterson, Sydney Patterson, Ashton Redditt, Bella Rodriquez, Talley Scarbrough, Matthew Simmons, Sara Kate Sligh, Lana Marie Smoot, Evan Stephens, Grace Tarver, Emma Thomasson, Samin Uddin, Collin West, Georgia Whiteside, Holly Yazdi and Lillie Yazdi.

Mobile Infirmary celebrates one year of improving patients’ lives through the hospital’s advanced structural heart program

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

On Tuesday, May 8, heart patients and their families, along with hospital executives, employees and physicians, gathered to celebrate the one year anniversary of the structural heart program at Mobile Infirmary— including a trio of innovative new procedures.

Mobile Infirmary’s program launched in April 2017 with Stanley Thornton, M.D., and Kellan Ashley, M.D., with Cardiology Associates, performing the region’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic valve stenosis).

The first Watchman procedure soon followed in July 2017, and was performed by Erik Eways, M.D., and Matthew Quin, M.D., of Cardiology Associates. Watchman is the trade name for a left atrial appendage closure device (LAAC) manufactured by Boston Scientific. Traditionally, patients who have AFib are treated with blood thinners to reduce the risk of stroke. However certain patients cannot tolerate the medications or have other life issues which prevent them from taking blood thinners. By employing the Watchman closure device, the appendage is closed off which prevents the blood from entering and clotting.

Dr. Thornton, Dr. Ashley, and Mina Jacob, M.D., with Diagnostic & Medical Clinic, performed the first MitraClip procedures in April 2018. Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that may be an option for patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too sick for surgery. Unlike surgery, this procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access your heart through a vein in your leg to repair your mitral valve. MitraClip, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, is the only TMVR option to treat mitral regurgitation.

Mobile Infirmary is the only hospital in the region offering all three structural heart procedures, which have made life changing differences for patients, most being discharged from the hospital in one to two days.

Registration now open for RIDEYELLOW

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bay Minette, Ala.— Registration is now open for RIDEYELLOW, the state’s largest bike ride, with courses including a six-mile tribute ride, with a slow pace; a 10-mile flat course that is suited to new riders; a 20-mile rider requested route; a 37-mile moderately hilly course for intermediate riders; and a 62-mile ride for experienced riders.
Set for Saturday, June 16, the Infirmary Health charity bike ride begins at 7 a.m. at Halliday Park in Bay Minette, Alabama. Individuals can choose to participate in only the six-mile tribute ride or continue by pedaling the 10, 20, 37 or 62-mile route at their leisure. Rest stops are available along the way and food, beverages and vendor booths are available when riders return to the park.
RIDEYELLOW was founded in 2007 by Ann White-Spunner and Mary Trufant to raise awareness of cancer and to draft grassroots support for their mission of inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer. Since its inception, RIDEYELLOW has donated more than $496,100 to various cancer charities.
If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring this year's event, call 251-937-9099. For more information, or to register, visit the event website at

Mobile Infirmary Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mobile, AL, April 24, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Mobile Infirmary is the only hospital in Mobile to receive this recognition and one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D  or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Mobile Infirmary’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

 About Mobile Infirmary

Infirmary Health’s flagship is Mobile Infirmary, with 669 licensed beds including J.L.Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital. It is among the leading hospitals in the state for surgical volume, houses the most comprehensive cardiovascular program with a hybrid OR/cath lab, the regions only long term acute care hospital and Alzheimer’s center. Mobile Infirmary also boasts a renowned cancer program, Infirmary Cancer Care with surgical, radiation, and medical oncology. For more information on the services offered at Mobile Infirmary, visit

Infirmary Health and UAB Health System announce strategic affiliation

Monday, March 5, 2018

Infirmary Health and UAB Health System announce strategic affiliation
Officials from Infirmary Health, based in Mobile, Alabama, and the UAB Health System, based in Birmingham, announced a new strategic and operational affiliation during a news conference in Mobile today.
“The affiliation links two outstanding health care organizations,” said Will Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the UAB Health System. “This clinical partnership will build upon the strengths of both Infirmary Health and the UAB Health System, leading to better health care for the residents of the Mobile Bay region and across Alabama.”
“Today’s announcement of the Infirmary Health/UAB Health System affiliation brings together two of the largest health care providers in the state,” said Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health. “This affiliation will extend the clinical expertise and medical research capabilities of UAB to southwest Alabama, where Infirmary Health is the region’s leading health care provider. Together, these two organizations will bring UAB clinical trials and research to patients currently served by Infirmary Health.”
The two health systems have identified a number of areas of potential collaboration, including the growing field of telemedicine to extend medical expertise across the state. Other areas of collaboration under future consideration include neurology, neurosurgery, neonatology, oncology, and ear, eye, nose and throat medical services.
“We are already in conversations to expand the presence of UAB specialty physicians in Infirmary Health facilities to cover underserved medical specialties within our organization and throughout our communities,” Nix said.
As part of the affiliation, UAB and Infirmary Health will work together to create exposure to potential medical residency rotations or additional residency positions for existing programs. More residents training in Alabama translates into increased opportunities to retain these physicians in Alabama. The affiliation will also link UAB and community physicians for increased opportunities for collaboration regarding quality patient care.
“We were committed to identifying a clinical partner in the Mobile Bay region and believe that Infirmary Health will be an outstanding fit for our mission and aims,” Ferniany said. “UAB does certain procedures — in cancer and transplantation, for example — that are not available anywhere else in Alabama. This affiliation will improve access for patients in Mobile to those procedures at UAB when necessary, while continuing to get the bulk of their medical care at home.”
The arrangement provides the opportunity to show benefit in supply chain savings and revenue cycle management, along with recruitment and incentive programs for medical students and residents. 
“The opportunities this affiliation brings to southwest Alabama are significant and almost limitless,” Nix said. “Health care organizations’ pooling resources and working together to improve care and control costs is the future of health care.”
Infirmary Health is a five-hospital system headquartered in Mobile. Representing more than 700 active physicians on the medical staff and 5,600 employees, it includes Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital, North Baldwin Infirmary, and Infirmary LTAC Hospital.
The UAB Health System is a $3.2 billion organization with more than 2,000 medical staff members and 17,750 employees in its hospitals, including UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and authority relationships at Medical West and Baptist Health Montgomery. UABHS is also committed to improving rural health care and manages Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis, LV Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville and John Paul Jones Hospital in Camden. With this announcement, Infirmary Health joins UAB in an affiliation relationship along with Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Northeast Regional Medical Center in Anniston and Russell Medical in Alexander City.

FREE Heart Screening 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Auxiliary health career scholarship application now available

Thursday, January 25, 2018
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January 18, 2018

Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services

(251) 279-5525 or

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary offers health career scholarships to Baldwin County residents         

FAIRHOPE, AL -- The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to offer health career scholarships to Baldwin County residents pursuing degrees in healthcare. To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled full time at an accredited college or university as juniors or seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or in the last year of an associate’s degree program. Undergraduate students must provide official documentation of full-time enrollment from their schools.

Graduate and medical school students are also eligible for this scholarship after they have completed their undergraduate studies and been accepted into a health career program. Acceptance letters into a health career program must be provided.

Selection of the scholarship recipients is based on the applicants’ grades, financial need and community involvement. The completed application, official documentation of enrollment status, official transcripts from all colleges attended to the present time, a brief personal essay, and academic and personal references are required. Photos of applicants are also requested. All items must be postmarked no later than May 4, 2018.

Thomas Hospital Auxilian Rusty Downey is serving as chairperson of the Auxiliary’s Health Career Scholarship Committee. Scholarship applications are available in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary office by calling 279-1686 or by contacting Downey at

Health career scholarships awarded by the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary are made possible through proceeds from an art silent auction held in December; Auxiliary memorials; and monies made from the donations of used books to the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary. Donated used paperback and hardback books in good condition are sold in the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop in Fairhope and Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop in Daphne. Donations are accepted at both locations.

For more information about the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s Health Career Scholarship Program, please contact Chairperson Rusty Downey at or the auxiliary office at 279-1686.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

North Baldwin Infirmary welcomes full-time cardiologist

Monday, November 13, 2017

North Baldwin Infirmary welcomes full-time cardiologist

Megan T. Courtney, M.D., cardiologist, completed her fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in cardiovascular disease. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her general internal medicine residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Dr. Courtney began seeing patients, requiring cardiology services on a full-time basis, at North Baldwin Infirmary in October and is now seeing patients at DMC in Daphne on Tuesdays.